David Goh mainly handles large, complex and international commercial disputes and product liability. He also advises clients on regulatory matters, compliance and anti-bribery/corruption cases, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act. His experience includes leading or coordinating investigations on behalf of both corporations and regulators, as well as advising or acting in the defense of any prosecutions. In his more recent roles in senior management at various multinational corporations, David developed significant experience in handling corporate and commercial matters, in particular, M&A transactions across the Asia Pacific region.
    One of David’s two key practices is large complex, commercial disputes, whether in litigation, arbitration or other forms of dispute resolution. With his language skills, he is often called upon to handle cross-border matters, and has built up significant experience in dealing with issues relating to conflict of laws or private international law.

    David’s other key practice relates to product liability. He advises and acts for clients in defending their products. In particular, he is responsible for overseeing the defense and co-ordination of product liability matters for a large luxury German brand covering all of Asia. David is also a regular contributor on several publications dealing with product liability matters. He advises a large conglomerate which distributes two luxury brands in more than eleven countries in Southeast Asia in all aspects of their business in the region, including product liability issues, corporate, commercial matters and agreements, compliance and disputes.

    David’s experience as senior counsel in large conglomerates has also given him a perspective on client needs and anticipating or guiding them accordingly. He has developed proven methodologies in assisting companies to coordinate and manage their in-house and external legal service and continues to be consulted on such matters.

    Both in practice and senior in-house roles, David was heavily involved in compliance matters, especially in relation to anti-corruption matters and investigations. This includes creating internal systems to comply with the requirements of the relevant anti-corruption legislation and participating in internal investigations in respect of potential breaches. 

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    Education

    • National University of Singapore, LL.B., honours

    Admissions

    • Singapore
    • Hong Kong

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Law Society of Singapore
    • Law Society of Hong Kong
    • Singapore Chamber of Commerce
    • Singapore Association (past vice-chairman and legal adviser)
    • Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association

    Languages

    • English
    • Cantonese
    • Mandarin
    • Hokkien
    • Teochew

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    • Contributor, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Product Liability 2016 (14th Edition), Chapter 15, Hong Kong.
    • Past contributor, Hong Kong Civil Procedure (a standard reference text for practitioners and the Hong Kong Courts on matters relating to Hong Kong civil procedure), published by Sweet & Maxwell.
    • Frequent speaking engagements on conflict of laws/jurisdiction issues and rights of minority shareholders/joint venture issues.

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